Exploring and expanding on his signature style of multi-color bursts overlapping and intertwining with female figures, Erik Jones is set to open a new solo show, Armor, at Jonathan LeVine Projects at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on January 6, 2018, running through February 3.
Jones's work has been bordering on abstraction for years, with peeks and subtle figurative faces and body parts emerging from rainbow-fog psychedelia. This recent body of work places the female nudes directly inside the bright haze, as if appearing from a dream or drug trip. They seem to interact and react to the color abstraction on each canvas, feeling extremely cohesive in presenetation. As the gallery notes, "The juxtaposition of abstraction and hyperrealism in Armor fosters tension between the familiar and the fantastical. This feeling is heightened in a selection of work where subjects are no longer submerged but instead become one with the artist’s surreal interventions. Anatomical parts have evolved into semi-recognizable amalgams of bright colors, reminiscent of Matisse and his interpretation of the female form, and are indicative of a new direction in Jones’ iconic style."